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Civilisations Stories

Series 1

Art and the Sea

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One YorkshireLatest broadcast: on BBC One Yorks & Lincs

Actor Ace Bhatti, himself a former lifeboatman, goes to Whitby, Hull and the small village of Staithes to explore how artists were inspired by the sea. Show more

Civilisations Stories

Series 1

The First Refugees

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary in which fashion historian Amber Butchart unravels the story of the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields. Show more

Civilisations Stories

Series 1

The Art of Mining

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One East MidlandsLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary in which Geeta Pendse looks at the fight to preserve the lasting legacy of the art that the coal industry helped create in the east Midlands. Show more

Civilisations Stories

Series 1

Treasures of the Bronze Age with Ray Mears

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary in which Ray Mears discovers East Anglia's Bronze Age art and artefacts and explores how they reflect the spirit of innovation of the age. Show more

Civilisations Stories

Series 1

Art, Us and the Truth

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Oxfordshire

Meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker reveals his passion - and talent - for the art of portraiture and discovers that the 21st-century obsession with image is nothing new. Show more

Civilisations Stories

Series 1

Innovation and Inspiration in Birmingham

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One West MidlandsLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary in which Mark Williams goes on the trail of three remarkable men from the 18th century. Show more

Civilisations Stories

Series 1

Arts and Crafts in the South East

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One South East

Documentary in which Sophie Robinson explores the Arts and Crafts movement in the South East and finds out why it was a rebellion against Victorian mass production. Show more

Civilisations Stories

Series 1

Dartmoor - From Darkness into Light

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One South WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Channel Islands

Documentary in which Nick Baker journeys across Dartmoor to discover the artists and artisans that brought its wild and raw beauty into the public imagination. Show more

Civilisations Stories

Series 1

The Empire

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One North WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Documentary in which Stuart Maconie reveals how exotic discoveries from the time of empire influenced and reshaped the north west's towns and cities. Show more

Civilisations Stories

Series 1

The Remains of Slavery

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary in which Miles Chambers recounts the history of the slave trade in the West Country through objects and architecture found in and around Bath and Bristol. Show more